Ever wish you could make your own cartoon? Well, thanks to the Cartoon Network Studios Burbank Young Writers Program, that wish came true for one talented 5th grade student. Watch the original short “Mr. Pike,” and find out how the story went from an idea on the page to the final animation.
Cartoon Network Studios has a close partnership with Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School in Burbank. Last year, the school created a contest for kids who read 10 or more books from the summer reading list. Eligible 4th and 5th graders had an opportunity to submit an original short story. The winning story would be animated by Cartoon Network Studios. After reviewing all of the submissions, the principal and teachers selected “Mr. Pike” by 5th grader Lillian Hughes.
After working with storyboard artist Dave Smith to sketch out her story, Lillian came into Cartoon Network Studios to direct her voice talent—her family! She proved to be a masterful director, and got exactly what she wanted out of her actors. The result of all of Lillian’s hard work is the fun, animated short “Mr. Pike.” Congratulations to Lillian!
If you made your own cartoon, what would it be about?